Tearfund develops Global Alliance for relief programmes

A new international partnership developed by Tearfund aims to eliminate duplication and assist resource-sharing in emergency relief programmes.

Global Alliance has been constituted to allow 13 Christian relief and development agencies from Europe, New Zealand, Canada and the US to formally collaborate on future disaster relief and poverty programmes.

The alliance has already worked on a refugee camp on the Jordan/Iraq border, and Tearfund says the alliance is poised to make a co-ordinated response in an appropriate situation. Each agency will pool funds from emergency appeals in its own country. The alliance will ensure that resources are distributed effectively to partner organisations within the country, and that lobbying and advocacy is co-ordinated at an international level.

Doug Balfour, director of Tearfund said, "Many decisions taken at a global level limit the decisions that can be made at a national and local level.

Alliance members involved in the relief effort will open the door for other members to be involved in reconstruction. That opens the door to the third phase; longer term development."

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